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February 20, 2017 01:20 PM PST

This week we have an all vinyl mix brought to you deep from the crates of Ilari aka DJ IJJ. I have not heard a single song in this mix before and I absolutely love it.

Here’s a note from DJ IJJ and the track list with his notes on each song (with slight edits by our host Sama):

"I started to go through my records and ended up with this. It’s a short weirdish mix of music and specially records that I like and that for whatever reason popped up at this moment in time. Old Soul, jazz, funk, country etc. no contemporary stuff.”


Kirka - Igor (1969)

Just a great track and one of the heaviest funk/soul tunes out of Finland. It’s a movie soundtrack from the obscure Jörn Donner movie 69 SIXTYNINE. It has a sitar solo and is written from the perspective of a dog called Igor and his thoughts about the world. Extremely rare Holy Grail status 7” EP.

[video embed in website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlyEliREa04]

Brita Koivunen - Minka (1958)

Very cool Finnish Jazz by Brita Koivunen, a secretary who became a Jazz-singer. It has some great trumpet playing by Ossi Runne. 7” Record - absolutely super rare.

Lasse Leimola - Kolibri (1961)

Rare as hell exotica 7” from 1961. Kolibri means hummingbird. Controversial lyrics with the n-word used in Finnish, and hummingbird-witnessing sex in huts in nowadays Namibia. Curiously, the James Bond theme was written in 1962. This is from 1961. Did they steal the Bond theme from Lasse Leimola?

Hasse Walli - Juokse Sinä Humma (1981)

This is a Folk-Jazz wizard "Hasse Wallis" Afro-Finnish rendition of an age-old Finnish traditional song. From the rare LP ”Goes Afro” with a Senegalese band. Superb example of Finnish Folk-Jazz; the whole LP is pure fire.

Jaakko Gauriloff & Lapponian Reggae-yhtye - Tanja (1981)

This one is beyond forgotten and it self-proclaims to be the first ever ”reggae” record made by Sami. Sung in the native Koltansaami language, speakers of which are counted in the few hundreds nowadays. It’s not reggae and it may very well be too much for some people.

Leputation Of Slaves - Speak Up Mambo (1988)

One of the alter egos of legendary Finnish art-/weirdorock band Sielun Veljet. And its mambo so yeah, why not.

Tapio Rautavaara - Viis Veljestä (1961)

Check out this great cowboy murder story and an overall great western track from a Finnish legend. Everybody dies in the end. the guy singing was a national hero; he won the Olympic gold in javelin throw, was World champion in archery, and a very acclaimed actor and musician. Rautavaara had an awesome voice.

Kirka & The Islanders - Taas Nousen Junaan (1975)

Another one by Kirka. This time it’s a funky cover of Bob Marleys "I Shot The Sheriff". Lifted from the very in-demand soul LP ”Tiukka Linja”. I picked this because of all the possible subjects in the world to talk about, it talks about a train ride to a small town called Mikkeli. Great cover on the LP.

Eino Grön - Maliziusella (1959)

Jazzy love song and a record so rare I might be the only one having this in playable condition. I am at least definitely only one sharing it. This guy is also a legend; he started with jazz like this but then went all in on tango and never looked back. One of the worst jokes I know includes this gentleman and goes like this. ”Eino Grön only wears evergreen tangas”. Permission to laugh now granted.


February 06, 2017 03:00 AM PST

Keith is currently writing articles for the website LA Taco (www.lataco.com) highlighting some record stores that stand out for their excellence among the already-great LA record store landscape. In the process of writing the articles his editor put him in touch with Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, a photographer whose work you see in three of the four articles to date (Mono Records, Vacation Vinyl and Freakbeat Records). Kwasi sits down with Keith this episode to talk music, records, photography and his work, including the excellent website The Lose Angeles Recordings.

Check out his site here at www.thelosangelesrecordings.com

Check out Kwasi's work on our LA Taco article on Freakbeast Records here:

January 24, 2017 11:56 AM PST

Sama discusses the Fantastic William Onyeabor.

Episode photo from Luaka Bop.


January 09, 2017 03:00 AM PST

Sama and Keith sit down to catch up and discuss the new direction of the show - moving from a weekly podcast to bi-weekly episodes going more in-depth; and the upcoming launch of a new crowdfunding page.

January 02, 2017 03:00 AM PST

Calamity Jade stays busy in a lot of ways: her WillWorkForFunk promo agency, Club DJ gigs and a Radio DJ gig as well. Keith sits down with Calamity Jade and talks about record collecting before she had a record player, modern funk music and a library album worth discussing.

December 26, 2016 03:00 AM PST

Keith sat down with respected record collector Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long we decided to break the episode into two episodes - this is Part two.

This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part Two, Marsellus tells a story about a record from New Jersey, the spiritual connection with records and his favorite find.

December 19, 2016 03:00 AM PST

Keith sat down with respected record collector (including a collection of Library music) Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long it goes over two episodes. This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part One, Marsellus talks Umiliani, digging in thrift stores, working with limitations and buying catalogs.

December 12, 2016 11:14 AM PST

Tracy Parker aka DJ Miss T reviews her top 5 list of must-love songs:

Jean Kassapian - The Snake
Blue Jays - Hard Thing to Accept
J. J. Barnes - Baby Please Come Back Home
The Superlatives - I Don’t Know How (To Say I Love You)
Slim Smith - Slipaway

In addition to DJing, Tracy is the owner of VAMP (Vintage Art and Music for the People) in Oakland - a fantastic record shop worth checking out. Keep your ears tuned for a future full-length interview with Tracy.


December 05, 2016 11:06 AM PST

Check out this Fall mix by Vinyl Exam writer, Matt Scott. Here is a note from him:

Since November 8 I've found my appetite for music has been different than usual, as I'm guessing it has for a lot of people. I've been seeking comfort in mellower sounds. Every year I make a fall mix for friends that's usually just full of my favorite tunes of the moment, but this one is different - it's shorter and it's got a moodier feel. The opening track is a gospel number, and there's a lonely country ballad a few tracks later, and many of the songs are in minor keys or have string sections. But I couldn't help but throw in some tasty funk as well - special mention goes to the second track, Blackrock "Yeah Yeah" from 1971, which must be one of the most joyous, endlessly relistenable funk instrumentals out there.

November 28, 2016 03:00 AM PST

This episode is part two of a two part conversation with Wayne from the podcast Vinyl Miners. Keith and Sama sit down with Wayne to discuss records, collecting and ask "how far would you go?" to find records.

Here's a note from Wayne and Matt on the podcast:

The Vinyl Miners podcast and site is a space for a few vinyl fanatics to share and discuss records. We are not professionals or experts; we are merely a few avid record hunters who would like to share some of the material we discover. Hopefully you find something of interest.

The goal for the show is to provide a few quick cuts from records we feel are interesting, in an attempt to recreate the mood of sitting in a friends living room taking turns dropping the needle on your favorite tracks. The plan is to publish episodes twice a month, when life does not sidetrack us.

You can check out Vinyl Miners here: http://vinylminers.com/

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